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Hotel Chocolat Roast + Conch

Hotel Chocolat Roast + Conch Leeds

From the moment it arrived on Leeds' streets, Hotel Chocolat's Roast + Conch restaurant and bar always held intrigue for me. Through the window, you can see its deep brown banquette seating and a warm orange glow of light and you know that inside they are cooking up food and drink in honour of the beloved ...

Blogger walk around Bingley

Walk around Bingley West Yorkshire

I'll be honest, I have a tendency to regard Bradford and its surrounds as a rather inconvenient obstacle to my getting from my side of West Yorkshire to the Yorkshire Dales. So Bingley is not the first location that springs to mind when I think of going walking. But this town just outside Bradford, famous for its five ...

When life gets stressful

"What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it

My life's suddenly got quite stressful and I'm not sure I like it. I remember feeling distinctly carefree, blessed and happy pretty much all the time only a few years ago. In fact, I defined myself as laid back - frankly, horizontal at times - and not one for feeling any pressure unnecessarily. I maintained this through getting a ...

Double Merrick giveaway

Merrick Angle of Double Merrick

It's no secret that I dream of living in France one day. Today's post is not helping my impatience to be living that phase of my life now, rather than in a couple of decades. This is the home and work of Merrick Angle, a designer originally from East Yorkshire but now living in Limousin, France who ...

Handmade Huddersfield home

Felt Mountain Studios handmade home in Marsden Huddersfield Yorkshire

How many of us have been in this situation: you're home from travelling, you're working low paid jobs, you're back living with mum and dad and you can't afford to rent your own place let alone buy. Well I'm about to tell you about one Yorkshire woman's ingenious solution. Stephanie Bertenshaw took three garages next to her parents' ...

Top 10 DIYs and a blog award

Nominee Badge

You might have noticed a little addition to my sidebar recently. That's right, a couple of weeks ago I was hit with the brilliant news that I've been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards. I'm in the 'best DIY blog' category and you will notice that I have some mega competition, so I only have an ...

Virtual Bathrooms competition

Virtual Bathrooms bathroom design competition

It may be only a few months since we completely renovated our bathroom, but that doesn't mean I never think about things we might have done, or what we might do in a bathroom of the future. Bathroom supplier Virtual Bathrooms are currently running a competition for people to use their bathroom designer tool to create their perfect ...

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival family day August 2014

As I was in London on the August bank holiday weekend, I decided to go to Notting Hill Carnival. My friend and I were going to a party out of town on the Monday, when heavy rain was forecast anyway, so we decided we'd go to carnival on the Sunday, billed as 'family day'. I'm glad I went, but ...

South Bank, London

South Bank London

The older I get, the more I seem to tire of London. My brother moved down pretty much straight after graduating and there have been times when I thought I'd follow suit. I never did, but the city is quite familiar to me because of the trips I've made for work and to see him and friends. I always ...

Do you say ‘I love you’ enough?

When did you last tell someone who matters to you that you love them? I'm pretty good at telling my husband I love him. As a couple we probably say it most days. (It's funny, as I was writing this he phoned me from downstairs to pass on some practical info and we ended the 10 second ...

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